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Tories & Fairness: The stark reality for sick & disabled people [subtitled]

Tories & Fairness: The stark reality for sick & disabled people [subtitled]

A documentary looking at what David Cameron promised for sick & disabled people in October 2010 followed by the stark reality of what followed.

Tories & Fairness: The stark reality for sick & disabled people [subtitled]

Tories & Fairness: The stark reality for sick & disabled people [subtitled]

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Welfare Reform Deaths – Your view

Welfare Reform Deaths

Welfare Reform Deaths

Nick Barker – RIP
Former sheep farmer, Nick had a brain haemorrhage which left him struggling to walk. The father of two shot himself after the DWP claimed he was fit to work. Recording a suicide verdict, coroner Michael Oakley said the benefits assessment was key to the tragedy.

Nick’s photo: http://s30.postimg.org/oyxzundbx/nick_barker_rip.jpg

Robert Barlow – RIP
Robert worked as a Government scientist but gave it up when diagnosed with severe cardiomypathy. The DWP deemed him fit to work. He died penniless under 2 years later.

Robert’s photo: http://s17.postimg.org/gawhx0273/robert_barlow_rip.jpg

Cecilia Burns – RIP
Cecilia had cancer. Atos called her in for one of their assessments. The DWP declared her fit to work, but she appealed the decision. She died shortly after winning her appeal.

Cecilia’s photo: http://s4.postimg.org/k2vxnrc25/cecilia_burns_rip.jpg

Chris Cann – RIP
After losing both legs & a finger to diabetes, Chris was housebound. Despite this, the DWP insisted he travelled outside and go in for one of their fit to work assessments or they would cut off his benefit. The letter shook Chris up badly. Despite the DWP changing their minds about him going in, he died of a suspected heart attack soon after.

Chris’ photo: http://s21.postimg.org/ezr4ihe8n/chris_cann_rip.jpg

Leanne Chambers – RIP
Leanne had a degree in business studies from Teeside University, but she battled depression for a number of years. She had taken a turn for the worse after receiving a letter telling her to go to Atos for one of their ‘fit to work’ assessments. Leanne walked out of her home some time after midnight. Her body was later found in the River Wear.

Leanne’s photo: http://s14.postimg.org/8ta0jg729/leanne_chambers_rip.jpg

David Clapson – RIP
Former soldier David Clapson died aged 59 at his home in Hillside from fatal diabetic keto-acidosis, which the NHS calls “a dangerous complication of diabetes caused by a lack of insulin.” He died on July 20th 2013 because he couldn’t keep his insulin cool due to being sanctioned by the DWP. Claire McGuckin of the DWP said “I am confident that the correct procedures were followed for the administration of benefit.” thus pointing the blame firmly in the direction of minister Iain Duncan Smith.

David’s photo: http://s22.postimg.org/ey3wqjbxd/David_Clapson_RIP.png

David Groves – RIP
David stopped work after 40 years on doctors orders after astring of strokes & a heart attack. Atos called him in for a fit to work assessment but he died the night before. His widow says he was in a terrible state and it was the stress that killed him.

David’s photo: http://s8.postimg.org/4gopbqjmd/david_groves_rip.jpg

Stephen Hill – RIP
Stephen suffered heart problems & was waiting for major heart surgery. Atos found him fit for work after a ten minute check. He died of a heart attack.

Stephen’s photo: http://s17.postimg.org/v8gva7bbv/stephen_hill_rip.jpg

Edward Jacques – RIP
Edward fatally overdosed because he was not given a proper assessment by the DWP, an inquest heard.

Edward’s photo: http://s9.postimg.org/gog8bxnd7/Edward_Jacques_RIP.jpg

Brian McArdle – RIP
Brian was paralysed down one side, paralysed in one eye, he couldn’t speak. He died the day after being found fit to work by Atos.

Brian’s photo: http://s23.postimg.org/tfhq227if/brian_mcardle_RIP.jpg

Mark Mullins – RIP & Helen Mullins – RIP
Mark and Helen died in an apparent suicide pact. Former soldier Mark, 48, and Helen, 59, who had learning difficulties, ‘slipped through the net’ and were found side-by-side in their home after not having access to the correct benefits.

Mark’s & Helen’s photo: http://s8.postimg.org/ctn1kezth/mark_and_helen_rip.jpg

Tim Salter – RIP
Tim, aged 53, was partially sighted & suffered from mental health problems. Tim was found hanged at his home just days before he was due to be evicted over rent arrears. At an inquest, coroner Andrew Haigh concluded: “A major factor in his death was that his state benefits had been greatly reduced leaving him almost destitute and with threatened repossession of his home.”

Tim’s photo: http://s23.postimg.org/ydo8jqwln/tim_salter_rip.jpg

Mark Scott – RIP
Mark, 46, was passed as fit to work by the DWP despite a medical record of severe anxiety, epilepsy, panic attacks & alcoholism. He died shortly afterwards from pneumonia. But his father’s troubles didn’t end there. To add insult to death, his father who is called Clifford Scott received a letter from the DWP containing major errors and obviously wasn’t checked. The letter stated: “We are sorry to hear about the death of Clifford Scott. We will make a payment of £186.87 into your chosen account for the death of Clifford Scott”!

Mark’s photo: http://s10.postimg.org/op8zyhxt5/mark_scott_rip.jpg

Karen Sherlock – RIP
Karen had failing vision & required a kidney transplant yet she was declared ‘fit to work’. She later died.

Karen’s photo: http://s21.postimg.org/rcg2pxn4n/Karen_Sherlock_RIP.jpg

Elenore Tatton – RIP
Elenore was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 15 years old. She also had epilepsy. The DWP said she was fit to work after one of their assessments. Two weeks later, she was dead.

Elenore’s photo: http://s14.postimg.org/6hymtf931/elenore_tatton_rip.jpg

Colin Traynor – RIP
Colin was a lifelong epileptic. Atos found him fit to work. He appealed, but later became depressed and lost weight. He won his appeal but didn’t live to see it as he died the day before.

Colin’s photo: http://s18.postimg.org/6nnslgk6h/colin_traynor_rip.jpg

Mark Wood – RIP
Mark had obsessive compulsive disorder, Aspergers syndrome, cognitive behavioural problems, phobias of food & social situations. Atos & DWP ruled him fit for work. Mark then starved to death. DWP claim they obtain evidence from claimants’ GPs. Mark’s GP revealed the DWP did NOT contact him and if they did he would have told them Mark wasn’t fit for work.

Mark’s photo: http://s27.postimg.org/koievyn3n/Mark_Wood_rip.jpg

Linda Wootton – RIP
Linda was dying in a hospital bed when the DWP removed her benefits. She died nine days after being found ‘fit to work’.

Linda’s photo: http://s21.postimg.org/evhori8uv/Linda_Wootton.jpg

Here are some Tory supporter comments on this subject

Undercover DWP Kills uncut

Undercover DWP Kills uncut

Undercover DWP Kills uncut

A doctor goes undercover at Atos, training to be a WCA assessor and reveals horrific secrets you were never meant to find out!

** Please note the content of this video is approximately two years old back when Chris Grayling worked alongside dodgy D. Much has happened since then but arguably not enough. One significant thing is that 3 separate court judges have declared this scheme discriminates against people with mental health problems. Thus dodgy D has no choice but to work with others in order to make it legal. He had appealed the maximum number of times but failed to win. Plus of course the UN has started an Inquiry against the UK Government for abusing sick and disabled people.  They will no doubt be looking into the deaths too. **

FoI attempts Tory cover up & fails

FoI attempts Tory cover-up and fails dismally

FoI attempts Tory cover-up and fails dismally

The FoI team appear to have purposely covered up information relating to Tory responses to the UN who’re conducting their first ever inquiry against the Tory Government in the UK for abuse of disabled people.

On August 20th 2014 FoI requests were sent to The Prime Minister’s Office and The Cabinet Office asking for recorded information ‘containing any formal or informal Government correspondence or statements made in response to finding out about this investigation’.

Both responses stated no information was held.  However a third request was made on that same day to the DWP asking for the same information, but the response was extraordinary.  Not only did the information supplied not relate to the question being asked, but the information which was messy and inaccurate.  

The response stated the United Nations Inquiry was confidential – which is only half true.  It is confidential but only until the outcome as the United Nations state themselves here.  But in no place did the FoI request ask for that information.

Furthermore since the request was entered, Tory MP Michael Ellis said: “This politically motivated loony left decision brings the UN organisation into disrepute.  At a time when there are grave international crises around the world and when in dozens of countries around the world there are no benefits available, this absurd decision is made to attack our country which rightly does more than almost any other to protect the rights of disadvantaged people from all walks of life.”

Then a spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “This Government is committed to supporting disabled people and we continue to spend around £50bn a year on disabled people and their services.”

Sources here and here

The creator of the request has now followed procedure and entered an internal review to sort out the messy response.  They have made it clear that if the information isn’t provided they will take it up with the Information Commissioners Office.

The United Nations has opened two Inquiries against the Tories but this one is far more serious.  In order to be a part of the UN the UK signed various treaties.  The areas being called into question are as follows:

  • The right to independent living (UNCRPD Article 19)
  • The right to work (ICESCR Article 6 and UNCRPD Article 27)
  • The right to fair and just conditions of employment (ICESCR Article 7 and UNCRPD Article 27)
  • The right to social security (ICESCR Article 9)
  • The right to social protection (UNCRPD Article 28)
  • The right to an adequate standard of living (ICESCR Article 11 and UNCRPD Article 28)

The right to independent living

“There is prima facie evidence that [the local housing allowance and the size criteria in social housing] are retrogressive, threatening disabled people’s occupation of accessible and affordable housing to enable them to live independently, exercising their right to choose where they live on an equal basis with others.”

“…. when evaluating the Government’s final decision to proceed with the closure of the [Independent Living Fund]… any change in support that threatens fund users’ enjoyment of the right to independent living would constitute impermissible retrogression in relation to UNCRPD Article 19.”

“Given the critical role of social care services in facilitating independent living, we recommend that the Government ensures sufficient investment is directed towards ensuring that disabled people receive the support they need to exercise their right to independent living.”

“Despite the complexity and limitations of cumulative impact assessments, the evidence does appear to show that the JCHR’s concerns about the cumulative impact of a number of reforms and policy changes on independent living have been realised. If disabled people are hit by two, three, four or even more separate changes to benefits, social care and other services, they lose much of the support they need to live independently in the community in terms of UNCRPD Article 19.”

“…. the importance of fulfilling disabled people’s right to independent living is such that serious consideration should be given to incorporating UNCRPD Article 19 (and related international human rights protections) into UK domestic law. This could be done so as to provide an overarching statutory duty on all areas of Government to take account of the need to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to independent living, and a duty to avoid retrogression, in all relevant policymaking.”

The rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living

“… there continue to be significant barriers to disabled people’s access to the labour market, compromising their enjoyment of the right to work and the right to fair and just conditions of employment.”

“The key concern in relation to employment and support allowance, and the operation of the work capability assessment, is that the structure of the benefit and the frequency of inaccurate assessments leaves many people with long term health conditions in a no-man’s land – neither eligible for out of work benefits nor able to undertake paid work. This failure to provide income replacement benefits to disabled people and people with long term health conditions when they are unable to work constitutes a failure to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to social security … and, for many disabled people, their right to an adequate standard of living….”

“[Disabled people] are disproportionately affected by the reduced availability of advice services, which has an impact on their enjoyment of their… right to social security and, for many, an adequate standard of living.”

“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of disabled people becoming destitute, which reflect a failure to comply with the minimum core obligations under ICESCR and UNCRPD and to guarantee their rights to social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living…. appropriate recommendations include refocusing the ethos and performance management of DWP and JobCentre Plus so that their primary responsibility is to ensure claimants are able to support themselves and their families – by being supported to enjoy their rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living…”

Significant evidence has already been gathered.  

We provide it here in Easy read format,  Summary Report and the full report.

Evidence – Just Fair. Online Survey of Disabled People and allies. Excel Version.

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 1 (DOCX)

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 2. (DOCX)

Evidence – Just Fair. Emailed case-studies from disabled people and their allies. (DOCX)

So given all that evidence (and more still being collected), Tory MP Michael Ellis claiming it’s all ‘politically motivated’ we question his integrity. We certainly don’t believe he’s read the above evidence.

R.I.P. to the victims of the callous regime. Let this serve as a reminder to the importance of voting in 2015 and future elections.

R.I.P. to the victims of the callous regime. Let this serve as a reminder to the importance of voting in 2015 and future elections.

R.I.P. to the victims of the callous regime. Let this serve as a reminder to the importance of voting in 2015 and future elections.

http://youtu.be/gQ39IzVKfek

The articles thought to have been breached by the Tories are as follows:

* The right to independent living –
(UNCRPD Article 19)

* The right to work –
(ICESCR Article 6 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to fair and just conditions of employment –
(ICESCR Article 7 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to social security –
(ICESCR Article 9)

* The right to social protection –
(UNCRPD Article 28)

* The right to an adequate standard of living –
(ICESCR Article 11 and UNCRPD Article 28)

Here is a collection of evidence but the UN will be gathering even more:

There are three versions of a report are available on the Just Fair website:

The full report;
Easy read report;
A summary report;

Evidence – Just Fair. Online Survey of Disabled People and allies. Excel Version.
http://alturl.com/6uprz

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 1 (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/27q9c

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 2. (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/pd4qb

Evidence – Just Fair. Emailed case-studies from disabled people and their allies. (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/6cw8i

Evidence for UN which can be verified via the families contactable via the original reports
http://alturl.com/g5pm2

The full report rigorously examines the available evidence in the light of the obligations contained within ICESCR and UNCRPD, and also draws on the experience of disabled people. Key quotes from the report include the following:

The right to independent living

“There is prima facie evidence that [the local housing allowance and the size criteria in social housing] are retrogressive,
threatening disabled people’s occupation of accessible and affordable housing to enable them to live independently, exercising  their right to choose where they live on an equal basis with others.”

“…. when evaluating the Government’s final decision to proceed with the closure of the [Independent Living Fund]… any change  in support that threatens fund users’ enjoyment of the right to independent living would constitute impermissible
retrogression in relation to UNCRPD Article 19.”

“Given the critical role of social care services in facilitating independent living, we recommend that the Government ensures
sufficient investment is directed towards ensuring that disabled people receive the support they need to exercise their right
to independent living.”

“Despite the complexity and limitations of cumulative impact assessments, the evidence does appear to show that the JCHR’s
concerns about the cumulative impact of a number of reforms and policy changes on independent living have been realised. If
disabled people are hit by two, three, four or even more separate changes to benefits, social care and other services, they
lose much of the support they need to live independently in the community in terms of UNCRPD Article 19.”

“…. the importance of fulfilling disabled people’s right to independent living is such that serious consideration should be
given to incorporating UNCRPD Article 19 (and related international human rights protections) into UK domestic law. This could be done so as to provide an overarching statutory duty on all areas of Government to take account of the need to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to independent living, and a duty to avoid retrogression, in all relevant
policymaking.”

The rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living

“… there continue to be significant barriers to disabled people’s access to the labour market, compromising their enjoyment of
the right to work and the right to fair and just conditions of employment.”

“The key concern in relation to employment and support allowance, and the operation of the work capability assessment, is that the structure of the benefit and the frequency of inaccurate assessments leaves many people with long term health conditions in a no-man’s land – neither eligible for out of work benefits nor able to undertake paid work. This failure to provide income replacement benefits to disabled people and people with long term health conditions when they are unable to work constitutes a failure to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to social security … and, for many disabled people, their right to an adequate standard of living….”

“[Disabled people] are disproportionately affected by the reduced availability of advice services, which has an impact on
their enjoyment of their… right to social security and, for many, an adequate standard of living.”

“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of disabled people becoming destitute, which reflect a failure to comply
with the minimum core obligations under ICESCR and UNCRPD and to guarantee their rights to social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living…. appropriate recommendations include refocusing the ethos and performance management of DWP and JobCentre Plus so that their primary responsibility is to ensure claimants are able to support themselves and their families – by being supported to enjoy their rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living…”

 

 

 

 

Dodgy Duncan’s lies nailed!

Dodgy Duncan's lies nailed!

Dodgy Duncan’s lies nailed!

This is the IDS famous interruption of Owen Jones reading out a list of the dead. What IDS wasn’t expecting was for someone to go through his claims and prove them wrong one at a time.  Watch the updated version with a brand new ending here.

Plus..

A report of Iain Duncan Smith’s biggest failures
Report into abuse of statistics by the Department for Work and Pensions and UK Government Ministers
Evidence of Tory Government ‘grave and systemic abuse’ against disabled people being investigated by the United Nations

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Poll: Tories accused of grave & systemic violations against disabled people – are they guilty or not guilty?

Tories accused of grave and systemic violations against disabled people

Tories accused of grave and systemic violations against disabled people

 

The articles thought to have been breached by the Tories are as follows:

* The right to independent living –
(UNCRPD Article 19)

* The right to work –
(ICESCR Article 6 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to fair and just conditions of employment –
(ICESCR Article 7 and UNCRPD Article 27)

* The right to social security –
(ICESCR Article 9)

* The right to social protection –
(UNCRPD Article 28)

* The right to an adequate standard of living –
(ICESCR Article 11 and UNCRPD Article 28)

Here is a collection of evidence but the UN will be gathering even more:

There are three versions of a report are available on the Just Fair website:

The full report;
Easy read report;
A summary report;

Evidence – Just Fair. Online Survey of Disabled People and allies. Excel Version.
http://alturl.com/6uprz

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 1 (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/27q9c

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 2. (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/pd4qb

Evidence – Just Fair. Emailed case-studies from disabled people and their allies. (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/6cw8i

Evidence for UN which can be verified via the families contactable via the original reports
http://alturl.com/g5pm2

The full report rigorously examines the available evidence in the light of the obligations contained within ICESCR and UNCRPD, and also draws on the experience of disabled people. Key quotes from the report include the following:

The right to independent living

“There is prima facie evidence that [the local housing allowance and the size criteria in social housing] are retrogressive,
threatening disabled people’s occupation of accessible and affordable housing to enable them to live independently, exercising  their right to choose where they live on an equal basis with others.”

“…. when evaluating the Government’s final decision to proceed with the closure of the [Independent Living Fund]… any change  in support that threatens fund users’ enjoyment of the right to independent living would constitute impermissible
retrogression in relation to UNCRPD Article 19.”

“Given the critical role of social care services in facilitating independent living, we recommend that the Government ensures
sufficient investment is directed towards ensuring that disabled people receive the support they need to exercise their right
to independent living.”

“Despite the complexity and limitations of cumulative impact assessments, the evidence does appear to show that the JCHR’s
concerns about the cumulative impact of a number of reforms and policy changes on independent living have been realised. If
disabled people are hit by two, three, four or even more separate changes to benefits, social care and other services, they
lose much of the support they need to live independently in the community in terms of UNCRPD Article 19.”

“…. the importance of fulfilling disabled people’s right to independent living is such that serious consideration should be
given to incorporating UNCRPD Article 19 (and related international human rights protections) into UK domestic law. This could be done so as to provide an overarching statutory duty on all areas of Government to take account of the need to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to independent living, and a duty to avoid retrogression, in all relevant
policymaking.”

The rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living

“… there continue to be significant barriers to disabled people’s access to the labour market, compromising their enjoyment of
the right to work and the right to fair and just conditions of employment.”

“The key concern in relation to employment and support allowance, and the operation of the work capability assessment, is that the structure of the benefit and the frequency of inaccurate assessments leaves many people with long term health conditions in a no-man’s land – neither eligible for out of work benefits nor able to undertake paid work. This failure to provide income replacement benefits to disabled people and people with long term health conditions when they are unable to work constitutes a failure to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to social security … and, for many disabled people, their right to an adequate standard of living….”

“[Disabled people] are disproportionately affected by the reduced availability of advice services, which has an impact on
their enjoyment of their… right to social security and, for many, an adequate standard of living.”

“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of disabled people becoming destitute, which reflect a failure to comply
with the minimum core obligations under ICESCR and UNCRPD and to guarantee their rights to social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living…. appropriate recommendations include refocusing the ethos and performance management of DWP and JobCentre Plus so that their primary responsibility is to ensure claimants are able to support themselves and their families – by being supported to enjoy their rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living…”